Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri could be handed a four-month ban from football if he is ruled to have made homophobic comments during a Coppa Italia quarter-final.
The 57-year-old coach, whose Napoli side are the Serie A leaders, was accused by Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini of using unacceptable offensive language during a late touchline confrontation at the San Paolo on Tuesday.
Mancini insists "the fourth official heard everything" Sarri said as Inter closed in on a 2-0 victory in Naples, and any punishment from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) could be severe. Any FIGC judgment will be announced today.
Mancini also labelled Sarri a "racist" amid his claims the former Empoli manager yelled "f****t" when five minutes of stoppage time were announced.
"You'll have to ask Sarri what happened as he is a racist," Mancini said. "Men like him shouldn't be in the world of football. He tried to ask for forgiveness, but he should be embarrassed. In England, someone like him wouldn't even be allowed on a training pitch."
In a separate interview, Sarri responded to the criticism.
"What I said wasn't directed towards Mancini," he said. "I don't even recall what I said. I hope when things are calmer he can accept my apology."